bacteroid

noun

bac·​te·​roid ˈbak-tə-ˌrȯid How to pronounce bacteroid (audio)
: an irregularly shaped form of a nitrogen-fixing bacterium (such as a rhizobium) found especially in root nodules of legumes

Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacteroid was in 1878

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“Bacteroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacteroid. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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